Frugal Flower Craft

Pool Noodle Garland

This pool noodle garland  is not a preschool craft , but younger children could easily thread the ribbon through the middle of the flower instead !  Either way this frugal craft is a great way to decorate for spring for only $3 which is exactly what I spent on the materials. Hope your Friday is frugal and fun!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 or more colors of pool noodles ( check to see what shape the are on the ends), some ribbon, a bread knife and scissors. I also used a dry paint brush as a “needle”. Pool noodle garland
  2. Start by slicing your noodle into sections with your bread knife. Pool Noodle Garland
  3. Cut your ribbon to the length you want and make a large knot. Pool Noodle Craft
  4. Next using sharp scissors make a hole through one of the petals. Pool Noodle Craft
  5. Push your ribbon through the hole – using the end of a paintbrush, or chopstick. Pool noodle craft
  6. Alter colors to make a pattern. Pool Noodle Craft
  7. Pin up and enjoy flowers inside for as long as you want!

Book

The Gardener

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Is a really touching book that I would happily recommend for school age children. It’s a beautiful story about a little girl during the depression who is shipped to the city to work in her uncle’s bakery because both her parents are out of work.  She is obviously nervous but knows that it’s something she has to do.  She takes a little of the country with her in seed packets which she plants in the city while she learns about baking and becomes friends with her uncles employees. This is more a story about making the most of hard times, and would be a great way to talk about the great depression with your child. There are so many little things in the illustrations by David Small to talk about , from a picture of FDR to traveling by train and  the general sense of sadness .  In the end it’s a warm hearted book that I can’t wait to share with my son in a few years.

Comments

  1. Alexis says

    so cute! I use these as stamps for my preschool class and we create art projects with the different shaped noodles as stamps.

    • admin says

      Great minds think a like! We have been doing that for the past week! Have you found many different shapes?

  2. Carly says

    I love this idea and the stamp idea from a previous comment. Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas.

  3. says

    Cute! Why didn’t I think of that?

    I am going to hit Dollar Tree this weekend and pick up some noodles for my preschool class. I feel a craft coming on!

  4. says

    What a neat project! I love it! I think it would be really cute to hang poolside, too. It would be safe to leave out in the weather, and how apropos. We might make one for our friend whose pool we visit often. I bet she’d love a craft made by Gracie. :)
    .-= Tara @ Feels like home´s last blog ..Cousins =-.

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